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When you see UGGs in the store, you may not be thinking about the sheep they came from …
… but UGGs are sheepskin, meaning each boot is made from the actual skin of an individual animal.
So if you wear UGGs, you have to wonder:
Were the sheep you're wearing castrated, or did workers dock (cut off) their tails without painkillers?
Were they ripped from their mothers when they were just babies?
Were they stomped on? Punched in the face? Kicked over and over again?
Were they kept in an area that was so crowded that they couldn't even move?
Were they left alone to die a slow and painful death, or were they violently slaughtered?
And if you got to meet these sheep while they were still gentle living beings—before they were turned into boots—would you have tried to protect them from being hurt, or would you have paid the person hurting them?
By using real sheepskin in UGG products, Decker Brands—which owns UGGs—has chosen the second option. Buying UGGs supports the wool and skins industries, where all the cruelty described above is standard. Here's what the choice to use animal-derived materials means: